O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOX) – O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon Missouri 63366. Admission, parking, and the July 3-4 concerts, fireworks displays, sideshows and family activities are free.
The party opens on Wednesday, July 2 (5 to 10 p.m.), with Family Night carnival rides and midway games and concessions. Unlimited ride wristbands ($20) will be available for use on July 2 only. Admission and parking are free, and the carnival will be open throughout the festival.
On July 3-4, get the full festival experience with free concerts by nationally-known bands on the Main Stage followed by the Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular presented by OneMain Financial at the end of each night. Adding to the party, the Kent Family Circus, “The Strong Man” John Beatty, R/C Micro Track Racing, the Tire Change Challenge and the Kids’ Zone offers family entertainment. Festival admission, parking and shuttles also are free. Premium Parking near the festival entrance also is available for $5.
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Also on July 3-4, select from a wide variety of beverages and full range of delicious festival food to purchase, from traditional barbecue, kebabs and funnel cakes to alligator-on-a-stick and chocolate-dipped bacon. And, don’t miss shopping at booths offering unique merchandise and festival souvenirs.
Wednesday, July 3rd is Country Music Night (5 to 11 p.m.) with country superstars Chris Cagle and JT Hodges on the Main Stage. Cagle’s hit songs include “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” “Laredo,” “Miss Me, Baby,” “Let There be Cowgirls,” and “What Kinda Gone.”
Opening for Cagle, JT Hodges was nominated for American Country Music’s “New Artist of the Year” award in 2011. His hit singles include “Hunt You Down,” “Goodbyes Made You Mine,” “Sleepy Little Town,” and “Lay It Down.”
On Friday, July 4, O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade heads north on Main Street, turns east on Tom Ginnever Avenue, ending at T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the festival entrance. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade entries reflecting the theme, “Rockin’ in the USA.”
Following the parade, the festival grounds will open from noon to 10 p.m. with rock and roll music all day long, including free concerts by headliners BoDeans, Survivor and Switchfoot. As the music dies away, the best fireworks show in the area will light up the sky, the Jena ‘Dusty’ Mielke Fireworks Spectacular presented by OneMain Financial.
The music begins with My Friend Mike playing pop/rock covers from the past to the present.
Next, BoDeans takes the Main Stage with guitar-driven American heartland rock, performing popular songs, “Closer to Free,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams.”
Changing it up, Survivor’s arena rock sound will fill the festival as the band performs some of its greatest hits, like the Grammy Award-winning “Eye of the Tiger” (Rocky III), “The Search is Over,” “Is This Love,” and “Burning Heart” (Rocky IV).
Ending the night on an upbeat note and riding a wave of success following a national tour that began a year ago in St. Louis, energetic alternate rockers Switchfoot will perform some of their most popular hits, “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move” and “Stars,” along with their 2014 releases, “Who We Are,” and “Love Alone is Worth the Fight.”